Martine Desjardins

Executive Director, Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois
Journal de Montréal Columnist

Martine Desjardins is Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois. Since 2013, she has also been a news and political columnist in various media such as the Journal de Montréal, and 98.5 FM. From 2004 to 2006, she was a social worker at the Relais des Jeunes Mères and with offenders at Hébergement 9335.

Her social implications are numerous. She is president of the board of directors of the Centre Oméga sur le décrochage scolaire and was co-president of the organization Projet 75, marking the 75th anniversary of women’s right to vote, as well as coordinator of the Women’s Summit, which took place on March 3 and 4, 2016. From 2011 to 2013, she was President of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ).

She is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including the Prix jeunesse engagée 2013 awarded by the Women’s International Network for Democracy and Peace, and a scholarship for excellence from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture. She has also participated in more than a dozen publications and contributions to conferences and symposiums on the themes of school-family collaboration and teenage mothers.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching in academic and social adaptation as well as a master’s degree in educational sciences from the Université de Sherbrooke. She was also a lecturer, teaching assistant and research assistant at the Université Sherbrooke and the Université de Montréal for several years.